Direct-to-consumer (DTC) retailer Brandless, which sold beauty products, non-GMO snacks and everyday items under its own non-brand austere label in a radical departure from the norm, is halting operations. Brandless is laying off 70 employees and retaining 10 to fulfill remaining orders, which stopped being accepted Feb. 10.
The global sleep company Casper, in a crowded field of mattress-in-a-box companies going direct to customer it helped spawn, has been a darling of the business and lifestyle press, That is, until it recently filed for an IPO, and pundits and the business press attacked the CEO for his obsession with a unicorn valuation.
Direct-to-customer ecommerce startup Resident, whose home furnishing brands include Nectar, DreamCloud, Level, Awara, Wovenly, Bundle and 1771 Living, has raised $12.5 million from Tel Aviv-based Liquidity Capital. Resident will use the capital to drive growth and move into additional home products.
Shopping fulfillment center venture ShopFulfill will give digitally native DTC brands a physical presence by Q2 2020 in two prime East Coast locations, downtown Philadelphia and a mall in Moorestown, NJ. Its Anchor Shops will integrate retail storefronts with distribution networks for multiple brands.
It’s hard to think of an apparel category that’s more competitive than jeans, with many legacy and upstart brands vying for casual fashion dollars. In this MCM CommerceChat podcast, Revtown co-founder Henry Stafford talks about the company’s disruptive approach, recent partnership moves, DTC roots and where it’s headed.
Seeing the future as more DTC and under its control, Nike has decided to stop selling on Amazon’s marketplace after a two-year experiment, CNBC is reporting. The news follows shortly after Nike’s hiring of board member John Donahoe, chairman of PayPal and former CEO of eBay, as its new president and CEO, replacing Mark Parker.